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Health Tips
eye health tips

Why DO I Have Blurred and Cloudy Vision?

A cataract is a condition in which the clear lens of the eyes becomes cloudy, preventing sufficient light rays from entering the eyes and impairing vision. Age is the most common reason for developing cataracts. The development of cataract is also associated with a positive family history (if a family or relative has cataract before), an unhealthy lifestyle (such as smoking and heavy alcohol intake) and prolonged exposure to sunlight or radiation. Cataracts can cause eyes to be easily irritated, and can lead to decrease in visual acuity, with blurry and double vision.

Preserve Your Eye Health

After age of 40 years, tear secretion progressively reduces which may lead to dry eys. To avoid having dry eyes, we need to take in enough Omega-3 fatty acids which help to nourish, moisturize and sooth dry eyes by reducing inflammation activity.Include more Omega-3 rich-food such as salmon, tuna, flaxseed, almond and walnut in your daily diet. For extra help, grab a bottle of AFC Bilberry Lutien DX or AFC Ultimate Vision that contains a full range of eye nutrients such as DHA Omega 3, Lutein and various Antioxidants! 
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brain health tips

DHA For Brain Development

During the last trimester of pregnancy and first two years of life, the brain undergoes rapid growth. At this stage, the brain requires sufficient nutrients especially DHA for the development of sensory, perceptual, cognitive, and motor skills. Fetuses and infants receive DHA from their mothers through the placenta and breast milk. Mothers should ensure sufficient DHA level through DHA-rich fishes that are free from heavy metals and pollutants, and high DHA supplements. Infant fed with formula milk should ingest milk that has DHA oil added to it to aid brain development.

Is Memory Decline Due To Aging Preventable?

Some parts of brain essential for memory are highly vulnerable to aging. With increasing age, brain losses its nerve cells and becomes less efficient. Brain aging can be accelerated with exposure to poisons, tobacco, alcohol. Studies have shown that memory problems older people can be lessened with physical and mental stimulations to improve mental performance. DHA is highly researched as an important fatty acids that support brain function and reduce aging decline.
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dental health tips

Keep Your Toothbrush Clean

Keeping your toothbrush clean is vital for your oral health. Always rinse your toothbrush with water after using it. Store your toothbrush in an upright position and allow it to air-dry until the next use. Do not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers, as it  encourages the growth of bacteria. It is also important to replace your toothbrush approximately every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.  You may also opt for toothbrushes with anti-bacterial bristles to prevent bacteria growth on the brushhead. 

How To Get Rid Of Bad Breath?

Rinsing with salt water is a great way to get rid of bad breath. Salt is the most effective and easy way to fight bacteria and even stop decaying your teeth. It is recommended to rinse your mouth with salt in lukewarm water once a day. Keeping teeth clean by practicing good dental hygiene and maintaining a healthy digestive system are also crucial. 
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hair care tips

Spa For Your Scalp At Home

To boost healthy hair growth, sufficient nutrient supply is highly important. Massage promotes circulation to the scalp, ensuring that nutrients are channelled to the hair follicles, which increases the rate and quality of hair. As little as 5 minutes of massage will be helpful in strengthening your hair. Gentlely massage your hair after applying your hair care products- this will enhance the absorption of products into scalp layers, allowing the product to work better.

The Importance Of SLS-Free Shampoo!

Check your shampoo labels and look for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – a common foaming agent that present in 90% of commercially available shampoos. SLS is able to permeate the skin effectively and concentrate in some organs such as eyes, brain and heart. SLS washes away the hair's moisture and may lead to the premature shedding of hair, clogging hair follicles and hair loss. Therefore, it is important to avoid products containing SLS. Instead seek natural alternatives! AFC Shokaigan Shampoo do not contain SLS but incorporates a natural blend of 10 amino acids to gently but deeply cleanse, unclog hair follicles and regulate scalp pH levels. 
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women's care tips

High Heels & Foot Pain!

Research shows that women who wear high heels have shorter muscle fibres and thicker and stiffer Achilles’ tendons. In the long run, this limits the motions of the ankle and heels-wearer will find it painful to walk in flat-soled shoes. The occasional swapping between flat-soled shoes and high heels will help to keep your tendons stretched and will also prevent aching feet. Also, regular stretching relieves the tensed muscle fibers. It is important to choose your shoes wisely. Platform shoes are often better than stilettos, and always opt for shoes with a snug fit.

Is There A Link Between Hormone Pills And Breast Cancer?

Research findings from the California Teachers Study points at the reduced risk of Breast Cancer with the reduced use of Hormone Therapy (HT) at peri-menopausal stage. Prolonged use of HT may be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, stroke, ovarian cancer, and endometrial cancer. As your body undergoes menopause, try to rely on natural plant-based alternatives instead. Try Maca (Lepidium Peruvianum), clinically proven to support hormonal imbalances, to improve mood and regulates stress. Many women find this Maca boon to improving menopausal symptoms.
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immune health tips

Stay Healthy For An Enjoyable Trip

Nothing spoils the excitement of discovering a foreign place like falling sick. The most common conditions that take place during trips are diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps and bloating. It pays to take extra precautions, particularly if you are travelling to developing countries: always stick to bottled water, and avoid eating raw or undercooked food. Also, wash your hands with soap, and use a hand sanitizer when washing facilities are unavailable.

The Gut Is the Culprit Of Poor Immune Health!

When the intestinal lining is irritated, it creates pathways for unwanted larger molecules to pass through. Bacteria, toxins, and undigested food particles, are the potential culprits that impair your immune health. Stress, infections, excessive alcohol consumption, a poor diet as well as medication can affect your gut. Vinegar is a traditional aid for improved digestion and helps in reducing bloatedness, as it promotes the growth of good bacteria in the gut. For a new sense of wellness from within, try Kouzu Vinegar, a prized amino-rich Japanese vinegar. The 3-year fermented formula promotes vitality, aids digestion and boosts natural weight loss!
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specific concern tips

Just For Laughs

Did you know that the average 4 year old kids laugh 300 times a day, compared to just 17 times for adults? A simple way to make yourself laugh is to watch your favourite comedy. In fact, turning your attention to something else and letting go of some emotions, helps to relieve your tension and anxiety, So sit back, crack open the popcorn and watch something guaranteed to make you laugh!

Forgot Where You Left The Keys?

If you are finding it harder to remember the little things, your brain may be deteriorating faster than you age. Ginkgo has a long history as the “memory herb”. Ginkgo leaf extract enhances blood flow to the brain, thus improving concentration and memory. The best quality markers come with 24% Total Flavonoids and 6% Terpene Lactones. Pick only standardized ginkgo leaf extract to ensure optimal efficacy to support memory and improve blood circulation.
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healthy lifestyle tips

Less salt, better health!

The average intake of salt of an average adult in Singapore is 9g per day, which is more than the recommended 5g per day. Excessive sodium intake can lead to hypertension and aggravate health problems such as kidney disease, congestive heart failure and premenstrual syndrome. Therefore, it is important to choose and prepare food with less salt and sauces which are the main source of sodium in our diet. 

Choose healthier oils!

Different cooking oils have different smoking points, giving them different optimum heating temperatures for different cooking methods. Unsaturated oils are healthier choices for cooking. However, when unsaturated oils are used in deep frying, they may turn toxic which leads to an increased cancer risk. For light cooking and salad dressings, look to polyunsaturated oils like Sesame oil or Safflower oil. For stir-frying, choose oils with a higher amount of monounsaturated fats like Canola oil.
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skin and beauty tips

Barley grass for beautiful skin.

Barley grass has a wide array of skin-beautifying nutrients. It is naturally rich in Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) that neutralizes  free radicals from sunlight, pollution and so on. SOD is also found to reverse skin scarring. Barley grass also provides chlorophyll that facilitates detoxification for clear and radiant skin. AFC Green Beauty is a unique blend of barley grass, with kale and green tea for detoxification and 2,500mg collagen per serving to enhance skin protection.

Wear protective clothing.

Clothing provides up to 98% UV protection against harmful UV rays. Choose tightly-woven fabric over loosely-woven types for the best UV shield. Test the UV-protection level of the fabric by holding it up to the light. If you can see through the fabric, then the UV radiation can penetrate it easily to reach your skin layers. Taking antioxidants can help boost your sun protection from within. Coenzyme Q10 is an essential nutrient and potent antioxidant to fight UV-generated free radicals, and also safeguards your heart and enhances energy levels.
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weight and diet tips

A healthy weight for a healthy liver

Do you know? Obesity, particularly, abdominal or central obesity, is a major risk factor for developing fatty liver disease. Excessive fat accumulating in the liver may eventually lead to inflammation and scarring in the liver. Hence, it is important to maintain a healthy weight by practicing balanced diet and exercise regularly. Also, do aim for the ideal body mass index (BMI) that is between 18.5 and 22.9. [BMI= weight (kg) / height (m2)]

Apple Polyphenol

Apple is one of the oldest and healthiest fruits. Do you know that unripe green apple has even more benefits? A powerful antioxidant called apple polyphenol, only found in unripe apples, has shown anti-aging effects on skin. Varies studies have proved that it helps to reduce internal organ fat accumulation and improve lipid profile in weight management.
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joint health tips

Stretch and flex.

Regular stretching helps keep muscles and joints strong and reduce the incidence of injury. To increase your joint’s current range of motion, the surrounding muscles have to be stretched progressively beyond their accustomed length. For example, stretching your waist muscles can help prevent back injury. Stand with a half squat with feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent and hands on hips. Bend slowly to the left then back to the center. Then bend to the right. You should feel the tension at your waist muscles. Keep it parallel without leaning forwards or backwards. It takes merely 5 minutes for 10 repetitions!

Exercise strengthens joint functions

Joint pain can be caused by many different factors, include wear and tear, injury and osteoarthritis.  Will exercise aggravate joint pain? No. Exercise such as brisk walking can help to maintain bone strength, strengthen muscles and tissues around your joints. It helps to ease arthritis joint pain, increase strength and flexibility.
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